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Houston Audubon Sanctuaries

Houston Audubon meets its mission of promoting birds and conservation of their habitat primarily by owning and managing bird sanctuaries. Its land acquisition program began in 1987 with the purchase of land on the Bolivar Peninsula and has grown steadily since then by further purchases and by donations and bequests. Today it owns 17 sanctuaries in five counties totaling 3,384 acres.

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Research and Field Study

Individuals from educational, research, academic, or governmental organizations can conduct non-destructive field study and research on Houston Audubon sanctuaries with prior written permission. To receive permission, a synopsis of the project should be sent to Richard Gibbons at rgibbons@houstonaudubon.org. Proposals will be reviewed within 2-4 weeks.


At our Sanctuaries ...
Call for Galveston East Beach Nesting Bird Stewards
by Richard Gibbons, Conservation Director

Galveston's East Beach is booming with nesting birds, including Least Terns, Wilson's Plovers, and the rare Snowy Plover. These imperiled species face many threats to their survival and the influx of people recreating on beaches on weekends and busy holidays make it even tougher for the birds that depend on this habitat to successfully breed. Houston Audubon and American Bird Conservancy need volunteer stewards at East Beach during this critical nesting time. Volunteering is as easy as grabbing a friend, setting up your beach chair, and talking to interested beach-goers about how they can help to protect these important species. You will provide views of nesting birds through binoculars or spotting scopes and share ways we can help these birds nest successfully. [More]
 


Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary Expands
by Richard Gibbons, Conservation Director
Johnson addition
Margo Johnson wanted the grazing lands and family property to be kept as is, a safe, open place for wildlife on the Bolivar Peninsula. With a history of working with Houston Audubon and a love for birding and all things Bolivar, Margo Johnson approached Houston Audubon to ask if there was interest in adding the property to the famed Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary. Being the corner piece of the sanctuary and having wetland and prairie habitat mostly intact made this project an easy decision for the Sanctuaries Committee and Board of Directors. Funds from Houston Audubon’s Land Rescue Fund, a successful grant application to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s wetlands grant program, and help from the Galveston Bay Foundation’s Conservation Assistance Program were all part of this conservation victory.

Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary is an Important Bird Area and a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Site of Global Importance.
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HAS Sanctuary System


Adopt-an-Acre

Adopt-an-AcreAs a land trust, Houston Audubon owns, operates, and manages 17 bird sanctuaries spanning 3,400 acres in our region. Help us continue a long legacy of providing for these habitats. Help Save Our Wild Places. Adopt an Acre Today.


Sanctuary Bird Walks


Join us for a free beach ramble at Bolivar Flats, monthly on the first Saturday, and for a free bird walk at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, October through May on the first Saturday of the month. Details.


Birding

Visit the Birding section for information on birding, field trips, and links to bird sightings.



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